I love winter squash! I love its texture, sweetness, and most of all its versatility. It’s great in soups, stuffed in ravioli or made into a tart! You don’t just have to roast it in the oven with brown sugar – although how d’lish does that sound?
And it’s not just all about the beloved butternut or Danish squash, either. There are tons of different varieties of squash to choose from: gold nugget, turbans, Hubbards and sweet dumplings… and each one varies in colors, flavors, and textures.
These are beautiful squash that was at the Farmers Market on Magnolia
Take for example spaghetti squash. Its name comes from their near spaghetti-like flesh! Just cut it in half place cut side on a baking dish with a little water and bake till tender. Once cooked, fork out its spaghetti-like flesh then serve it up with a delicious red sauce. Presto! You’ve got a tasty gluten-free veggie dinnertime hit!
Jack Be Little squash, the tiniest member of the squash line up, are excellent roasted whole (seeds scooped out first) then rubbed with olive oil and seasonings and baked till tender. With these little guys you can even eat the tender skin. I like to roast them and then serve filled with other fall veggies such as sautéed brussel sprouts with bacon and a little maple syrup. Yum!
One of my favorite squash creations for fall entertaining is Spiced Butternut Squash Hummus. Now that’s a fun new idea. Serve with pita chips, crostini or fresh veggies for dipping. It is also a great spread for a turkey sandwich!
I’ll leave you with one more tip. If you happen upon a giant squash and have no idea how to get into it, place it in a garbage bag and then sling it the ground as hard as you can–voila your squash is cracked open now! -Kathy
Spiced Butternut Squash Hummus
Makes about 3 1/2 – 4 cups
1 small butternut squash, about 2 1/2 pounds
3/4 cup drained cooked or canned garbanzo beans
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup tahini (sesame paste)
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (optional)
Garnishes: olive oil for drizzling, chopped parsley or cilantro, and pomegranate seeds
Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F.
Cut squash in half and remove seeds. Cut squash into 8 wedges. Brush with olive oil and roast on a pan-sprayed baking sheet, uncovered, for 1 1/2 hours or until very tender. The squash should brown a little. Let cool. Scrape out the cooked squash meat with a large metal spoon; discard the skins. You should have about 3 cups cooked squash meat. (You can prepare up to this point 2 days in advance and keep refrigerated.)
In a food processor, process the garbanzo beans until coarsely chopped (about 1 minute). Then add the roasted squash and remaining ingredients, and process until smooth.
Serve drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with parsley and garnished with fresh pomegranate seeds if desired.
Recipe by Kathy Casey Food Studios®